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LAUREN DENTON

Parenting is scary, yes? Sure it’s a lot of other things too—fun, frustrating, joyful, nerve-wracking. But a thread of fear always works its way through the “job” of parenting, doesn’t it? Read more

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As much as I love my children … as much as I love my husband, my parents, my brother, my friends … what they think of me doesn’t define who I am. Read more

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I’ll be honest with you here: I was all ready to write this month’s column on memories of my childhood, how I tend to long for the past and how I’ve recreated the best parts of it in some way in my novels. But then Andy Bernard messed it all up. Read more

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A couple of months ago, our daughter Sela turned 7. Because she’d been planning her party pretty much since a few days after her sixth birthday, we had a lot of time to think about it, and she had a lot of time to change her mind. Read more

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This summer, I’ve been reading a book I think will become my required summertime reading. “Liturgy of the Ordinary” (by Tish Harrison Warren) is about finding God’s presence “in the cracks of our days.” Read more

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Back in the spring, we made the decision to renovate our kitchen. Read more

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The other day, my nine-year-old Kate came downstairs with something behind her back and a nervous expression on her face. Read more

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Soon after “The Hideaway” was released, I had my first “appearance” at a bookstore in Marietta, Georgia, with two other authors. Read more

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Lately I’ve been asking my friends if they’ve ever heard of something called FaceTune. Read more

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My parents have lived in the same familiar house, on the same quiet street, in our hometown for 37 years, and now they’ve decided to move. Read more

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These accidental lessons remind me that my own children are absorbing the same from me — things I unconsciously teach them while I’m actually working hard to teach them other, more meaningful lessons. Read more

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A couple months ago, my family went to the Smoky Mountains for a vacation. One day, we went on a hike that took us from a busy parkway up a trail and into the silence. Read more

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A call from the nurse is never good news, though, and as I stared at those two words on the screen, I envisioned a sick child along with my afternoon plans dissolving. Read more

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Adult friendships can be hard. Perhaps adult female friendships even more so. Read more

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Not long ago, I was rushing out the door to go to a book event and Kate stopped me as I put on my shoes. Read more

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As Book 4 hovers in front of me, it’s possible a yearly membership at the climbing gym may be in my future. Read more

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As an adult, I’ve discovered something about myself that either wasn’t a trait of mine when I was younger, or I just wasn’t perceptive enough to realize it: I am a pretty terrible decision-maker. Read more

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I overheard the most amazing thing at Target the other day. I was in the toy section with my daughters, looking for birthday presents for a variety of friends, when I heard someone in the next aisle giving an earnest pep talk to someone on the phone. Read more

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Of all the things I’ve learned so far on this publishing adventure, the one that keeps rearing its ugly head is the fact that self-promotion is weird and uncomfortable. Read more

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My 5-year-old daughter Sela recently caught a lizard in our backyard and begged to bring it inside so it could be cozy. Read more

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As an adult, I’ve discovered something about myself that either wasn’t a trait of mine when I was younger, or I just wasn’t perceptive enough to realize it: I am a pretty terrible decision-maker. Read more

Lauren Denton

I overheard the most amazing thing at Target the other day. I was in the toy section with my daughters, looking for birthday presents for a variety of friends, when I heard someone in the next aisle giving an earnest pep talk to someone on the phone. Read more

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Of all the things I’ve learned so far on this publishing adventure, the one that keeps rearing its ugly head is the fact that self-promotion is weird and uncomfortable. Read more

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My 5-year-old daughter Sela recently caught a lizard in our backyard and begged to bring it inside so it could be cozy. Read more

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There’s a pledge floating around Facebook called “Wait Until 8th.” Maybe you’ve seen it. The idea is that parents pledge to not give their children a smartphone until they’re in eighth grade. Read more

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Before I had kids, one of my favorite things in the winter was to have an afternoon — or even just a couple hours — with absolutely nothing to do. Read more

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Whether we consider ourselves glass-half-full or glass-half-empty, I think many of us flawed humans are naturally hardwired to negativity. Read more

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When I tell people I’m a writer, that it’s what I do with my time when I’m not holding up flashcards or cooking dinner, they tend to get starry-eyed. Read more

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On my way to publishing “The Hideaway,” I sent out 70 query letters to literary agents. Of those 70, I received 41 rejection letters. Read more

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Lately, my kids have been curious about and interested in the idea of falling in love, getting married and what my and Matt’s wedding was like. Read more

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For seven years now, we’ve been able to mostly avoid cable TV shows for our kids. Read more

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Usually by this part of the summer, I’m ready for the start of school — or at least the coming of a new season. Read more

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The finished product, “The Hideaway,” will be released April 11. Read more

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You’ve heard me say this here before: I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions. Some may use the “name it, claim it” mentality of “If I say my goal is to exercise for an hour every day, then I will do it,” but I don’t buy it. Read more

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